Guizhou province in southwestern China planned to close the fourth batch of backward coal mines, according to the provincial energy bureau, in a bid to improve coal industry.
Three mines will be shut down, with annual production capacity combined at 480,000 tonnes, according to the list published by the bureau.
This will add up to a total 52 coal mines to be closed in four batches this year, with capacity combined at 5.88 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).
These include 13 mines each with annual capacity at 90,000 tonnes, 28 mines with capacity of 150,000 tonnes, two mines with 210,000 tonnes, six mines with 300,000 tonnes and two mines with 450,000 tonnes.
Besides, coal producers willingly choose to close a total 98 coal mines this year, with capacity of 15.54 Mtpa.
According to Guizhou Energy Bureau, the province had 254 legal coal mines in operation as of March 31 this year (down 161 year on year), with annual capacity combined at 135.47 million tonnes (down 19.70 Mtpa on the year).
Of this, there were 120 coal mines each with annual capacity of 300,000 tonnes, 80 mines with capacity of 450,000 tonnes and 54 mines with capacity above 450,000 tonnes.
Guizhou province aims to gradually retire coal mines with annual capacity below 300,000 tonnes and ensure all the mines to be capable of producing more than 300,000 tonnes of coal annually by 2020, of which, capacity of medium and large coal mines will account for over 80% of total.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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